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Townhouse complex proposed for vacant Canada Way lots
Almost 10 years in the planning, a large patch of vacant land on Canada Way near Sperling Avenue is being proposed for a townhouse complex.
The 10 lots between Canada Way and Claude Avenue just east of Sperling was first the subject of changes in January 2004 to the community plan, which set out guidelines for a townhouse development, said a Burnaby city staff report.
In 2007, the developer applied for a rezoning but since then, the property has changed hands a number of times, the report said. And each time rezoning applicants were unable to come up with a development plan suitable to be presented at a public hearing.
The current applicant, GBL Architects Inc., has managed to accomplish that with a plan that's consistent with the guidelines set in 2004.
The proposal is for a 132-unit townhouse development with parking both underground and under-building due to poor soil conditions on the northern end of the site, the report said. Vehicle access will be from Claude Avenue.
The complex will consist of 16 townhouse buildings separated by landscaped courtyards, pedestrian walkways and driveways.
Of the total units, 67 are planned as three-storey, three-bedroom units with integrated two car-garages due to the soil conditions and high water table. The remaining 65 units will be built on and around an underground parkade and comprise three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-den units situated back-to-back.
The 10 lots will be consolidated and re-subdivided into the townhouse project site and a City of Burnaby lot that includes the required landscaped riparian setback from Deer Lake Brook.
Future development of properties to the west of the project will include dedicating a portion of 4951 Claude Ave. for park and riparian setbacks to complete the Deer Lake Brook Park and Conservation area lands, the report said. The development density of that park portion, equivalent to about 2,010 square feet, is proposed to be contributed to the project site.
Northeast of the project site are six large single-family lots that are designated for a future consolidation and redevelopment that would include the realignment of Claude Avenue and improvements to Deer Lake Brook Tributary No. 1 and its setback area.
The public hearing for the townhouse project is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers.